27 fun facts for April, 8

Discover dozens of fun facts for this special day. Read the summary for a quick recap on what happened.
April 8th is packed with significant events across various domains, from the United Nations' first General Assembly meeting in 1946 to the Buddha's Birthday celebrations in Japan. Notable moments in science, such as the 1939 Nobel Prize for Physics awarded to Enrico Fermi, add to the plethora of memorable moments occurring on this day.
27 Fun facts
  1. On April 8th, 1946, the first meeting of the United Nations’ General Assembly took place in Central Hall, Westminster, London. This meeting marked the beginning of the UN's work to promote international peace, security, and cooperation.
  2. April 8th is International Romani Day, commemorating the first World Romani Congress that took place in London in 1971. The day celebrates Romani culture, history, and raises awareness about the issues faced by Romani people, such as discrimination and marginalization.
  3. The first recorded performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 4 took place on April 8th, 1770, in Rome, Italy. At just 14 years old, Mozart was already making a significant impact on the classical music world.
  4. On April 8th, 1935, the United States Congress approved the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act, enabling the creation of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). The WPA was part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal, which aimed to combat unemployment during the Great Depression.
  5. In 1993, the European Union formally rebranded itself on April 8th when the Treaty of European Union (also known as the Maastricht Treaty) came into force. This historic event shaped and formed the EU into what it is today.
  6. April 8th, 1952, saw US president Harry Truman ordering the American steel industry to be seized to avert a possible strike. Although Truman's decision was later overturned by the Supreme Court, this event highlighted the president's determination to maintain wartime production.
  7. On April 8th, 1968, several U.S. cities observed a day of mourning for civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who had been assassinated four days earlier. Many businesses closed their doors while citizens participated in memorial services.
  8. April 8th marks the annual observance of National Zoo Lovers Day in the United States. This day encourages people to visit zoos, appreciate the work of zookeepers, and learn about animals and their conservation efforts.
  9. On April 8th, 1911, Dutch physicist Heike Kamerlingh Onnes discovered superconductivity, a phenomenon that allows certain materials to conduct electricity with zero resistance when cooled to very low temperatures. His discovery enabled the development of numerous practical applications, such as MRI machines and high-speed magnetic levitating trains.
  10. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) was founded on April 8th, 1947. The academy promotes the art of film, television, and other visual media in the United Kingdom by celebrating and rewarding excellence through its prestigious annual awards ceremonies.
  11. The United States National Student Leadership Conference was established on April 8th, 1989. The conference offers programs for high school students that provide hands-on experiences in career fields while developing valuable leadership skills.
  12. On April 8th, 1904, British daily newspaper the Daily Mirror was launched. It was the world's first daily picture paper, aimed primarily at women, and focused on using images to tell the news.
  13. April 8th is celebrated as National Empanada Day in the United States. Empanadas are popular Latin American pastries filled with various ingredients, such as meat, cheese, or vegetables, and are enjoyed by many people all over the world.
  14. In Japan, April 8th is also celebrated as Buddha’s Birthday, also known as Hana Matsuri or "Flower Festival." This day focuses on reverence for Buddha and includes the symbolic pouring of sweet tea over small Buddha statues.
  15. American artist Michelle Bellamy was born on April 8th, 1974. She is known for her picturesque landscape paintings, capturing the essence of New Zealand's natural beauty.
  16. On April 8th, 1938, one of the most famous animal actors, Koko the horse, or “King of the Cowboys," made his Hollywood debut in the movie “Arizona Mahoney.” Koko starred in several other films, often alongside actor Tom Tyler.
  17. April 8th, 2009, marked the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s book “On the Origin of Species.” This groundbreaking work provided the basis for the theory of evolution and natural selection, which profoundly influenced scientific understanding.
  18. On April 8th, 1975, American singer-songwriter David Bowie announced the end of his glam-rock alter ego, Ziggy Stardust, at a concert in London. Bowie continued to shape popular music and culture through various personas and experimental styles until his death in 2016.
  19. In Estonia, the birthday of the first Estonian president Konstantin Päts is observed on April 8th. A key figure in Estonia's independence, Päts served as the head of state from 1938 until his arrest by Soviet forces in 1940.
  20. On April 8th, 1820, the famous ancient Greek statue known as the Venus de Milo was discovered on the Aegean Island of Milos. The statue, which dates back to 100 BC, is now displayed at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
  21. April 8th is National All is Ours Day, a day encouraging people to appreciate the beauty of the world around them and practice gratitude for the things they have.
  22. On April 8th, 1939, Italian physicist Enrico Fermi was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics. Fermi’s work provided essential contributions to nuclear fission and quantum theory.
  23. April 8th, 1947, marks the birth of American actor and martial artist Steve Seagal. Seagal has starred in over 40 movies, including popular action films like "Under Siege" and "Above the Law."
  24. Canadian singer and international superstar Céline Dion released her blockbuster album "Falling into You" on April 8th, 1996. The album features the mega-hit "Because You Loved Me" and has sold over 32 million copies worldwide.
  25. April 8th, 1962, marked the date of the first roller derby event held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The popular contact sport, which involves roller-skating around a track, gained increased popularity in the following decades.
  26. On April 8th, 2012, the film "The Hunger Games" crossed $250 million at the US box office in just 17 days. The film, based on the popular book series, became a hit worldwide and spawned a successful franchise.
  27. April 8th, 1978, marked the beginning of the epic sci-fi saga Battlestar Galactica when the pilot aired as a three-hour movie special on the ABC network. The series gained a cult following and led to a successful reimagining in 2003.